Private Grand Circle 7 Day, 6 Night Summer Adventure

Day 1 of 7 | Golden Circle: Platinum Tour

On our Golden Circle: Platinum Tour we start with the of the most historic and stunning sights in Iceland. Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates are pulling apart, is also the site of the first parliament here in Iceland just after settlement. Then we head to Friðheimar Tomato Farm for lunch where we eat from their delicious tomato inspired menu right inside the greenhouse amongst all the plants. It’s a truly unique and amazing experience. After lunch it’s off to see the famous sights within the Golden Circle. The mighty Gullfoss waterfall, the erupting geysers and geothermal area of Geysir. We then head straight to warm up and soak in the natural hot springs of the Secret Lagoon, Iceland’s oldest natural swimming pool. From here we make our way to Hotel Vos for the night. A great first day and perfect mix of learning about Iceland’s geology and history, with some unique twists.

Pick up time: 8:30 AM from your pick up location in Reykjavík
Inclusions: Accommodation, entrance to Secret Lagoon, lunch at Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse (all inclusive aside from alcoholic beverages), private transportation in our comfortable vehicle led by one of our wonderful guides
Accommodation: Hotel VOS* with breakfast
Exclusions: Meals unless otherwise stated, towel and bathing suit hire at Secret Lagoon.

Day 2 of 7 | South Coast Sights and glacier hike

Today we visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls before the true highlight of the day, hiking on an enormous glacier. We hike on Sólheimajökull glacier, exploring the incredible glacier features, textures and crevasses. Next its on to lunch and taking a walk on the black beach of Reynisfjara. We continue our drive further east where we’ll soon start to see the spectacular glaciers and Iceland’s highest mountains. We stop at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon to watch the giant icebergs float around and wash up on the black sand shores of Diamond Beach, glistening on the sand. If we are lucky we will spot seals swimming between the ice bergs. After another big day we rest easy at Lilja Guesthouse. The restaurant here showcases traditional Icelandic family meals using local produce.

Inclusions: Accommodation, private glacier hike with all safety gear provided (harness, helmet, axe and crampons), private transportation in our comfortable vehicle led by one of our wonderful guides
Accommodation: Lilja Guesthouse* with breakfast
Exclusions: Meals

Day 3 of 7 | East Fjords

We leave the south coast this morning and make our way through the east fjords of Iceland. We start the morning visiting one of Icelands most spectacular beaches on Stokksnes Peninsula where Vestrahorn mountain towers over the black sand beach making a spectacular setting. We continue north and before stopping to hike up to Iceland’s second highest waterfall Hengifoss, towering over 120m, before driving into the capital of the Eastfjords, the town of Egilsstaðir, where we’ll spend the night.

Inclusions: Accommodation, entrance fee to Stokksnes, private transportation in our comfortable vehicle led by one of our wonderful guides
Accommodation: Gistihúsið Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir* with breakfast
Exclusions: Meals

Stokksnes Peninsula | Vestarhorn | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Norris Niman
Stokksnes Peninsula | Vestarhorn | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Norris Niman
Hengifoss | Hidden Iceland
Hengifoss | Hidden Iceland

Day 4 of 7| North East Iceland

We visit Dettifoss waterfall, Europe’s most powerful waterfall with it’s hypnotising voluminous flow before exploring the mystical landscape around the Lake Mývatn. Next up we explore the mars like landscape by Námaskarð geothermal mud pools and have a look into Grjótagjá cave made famous by Game of Thrones and Dimmuborgir, or the Dark Fortress, consisting of incredible lava rock formations. We make our way to bathe in the warmth of the mineral rich alkaline water Mývatn Nature Baths often referred to as the Blue Lagoon of the North. In Icelandic these baths are called Jarðböðin because the hot water comes straight up out of the earth. We then travel to Akureyri, visiting the wide and dreamy crescent shaped waterfall, Goðafoss, is the last stop of the day before we journey to Eyjafjörður, on our way to Akureyri, the capital of the north before where we spend the night at Hotel Norðurland.

Inclusions: Accommodation, entrance to Mývatn Nature Baths, private transportation in our comfortable vehicle led by one of our wonderful guides
Accommodation: Hotel Norðurland* with breakfast
Exclusions: Meals, bathing suite and towel hire for Mývatn Nature Baths

Day 5 of 7| North West Iceland

We continue our drive west, passing through the small farming towns of northwest Iceland. We will stop by Glaumbær farm where we can walk through and see the restored old turf houses and farms and get a sense of life in early times in Iceland. From here we continue in to the Borgafjordur area where we can stop by the Sturlureykir Horse farm where we can take an optional one hour horse riding tour. Those that dont want to join the horse riding tour can enter the stables and say hello, pet and feed the friendly Icelandic horses. We make our way to the nearby hotel in the historic town of Reykholt.

Inclusions: Accommodation, entrance to Glaumbær Farm, private transportation in our comfortable vehicle led by one of our wonderful guides, 1 Hour horse riding tour or stable visit.
Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykholt* with breakfast
Exclusions: Meals

Day 6 of 7| Best of West Iceland Snowmobiling, Ice Cave & Hot Springs

Today we venture inland on the inner-west of Iceland. We start by meeting the team from Into The Glacier at Húsafell to explore in depth Icelands second largest glacier, Langjökull. We make our way up to the top of Langjökull Glacier to snowmobile across Iceland second largest glacier. Once we are at the top we go inside the glacier in the Into the Glacier Ice Cave. This would be this snowmobiling and ice cave tour as part of a group. The natural ice caves are only accessible during the cooler winter months, but this Ice Tunnel is accessible all year round and a great option to explore the inner workings of a glacier and ice cave in the warmer summer months. Once we come back down to the small town of Húsafell visit the stunning waterfalls off Hraunfossar and Barnafoss before coming to the geothermal area by Deildartunguhver Europe’s most powerful hot spring where we can see the hot water and steam coming straight from the ground. We then make the short drive back to the hotel to rest up after another exciting day.

Inclusions: Accommodation, Snowmobiling Into The Glacier (general departure, not private) all on sharing snowmobiles, private transportation in our comfortable vehicle led by one of our wonderful guides
Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykholt* with breakfast
Exclusions: Meals

Day 7 of 7 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Optional Horse Riding

Today we travel around Snæfellsnes Peninsula where you’ll witness fjords, mountains, volcanoes, endless lava fields, glaciers, and dramatic coastal cliffs all in one amazing peninsula. We’ll start with visiting the small fishing village of Arnarstapi with its dramatic coastal cliffs plunging into the ocean. Next is the lava fields and black sand shores of Djúpalónssandur beach and the stunning Lóndrangar rock formations. Then it is on to the famous Kirkjufell mountain, depicted in hit TV series Game of Thrones as the Arrow Mountain. We’ll finish the loop of the peninsula and be back in Reykjavik in time for dinner in the city wrapping up our grand circle of Iceland.

Inclusions: Private transportation in our comfortable vehicle led by one of our wonderful guides
Accommodation: Reykjavík (not included)
Optional extra: 1 Hour Easy Horse Back Riding tour. Booked as extra below
Exclusions: Accommodation in Reykjavík

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